I mentioned in my last post that I don’t actually carry my mobile on me a lot when I travel. Largely due to the fact that I once copped a $4k phone bill in Milan and I’ve been scared ever since (and also because I always drop it so it is covered in cracks!). But if you’re a smart cookie and turn your roaming off, having your mobile on you sure does come in handy!
Below are 5 mobile apps that are worth downloading before your next trip.
1) All Subway ($1 on iOS)
Look, I’m a sucker and usually call an UBER or Blacklane but I really do love to travel like a local by taking the cities public transportation (and it always helps when your down to your last pennies!). Whether it be the London Underground, NYC Subway, Paris Metro or Sydney’s City Rail – it’s great to immerse yourself with the busy workers and see how they do it!
This little app ‘All Subway’ has all the information from routes in major cities in the states and abroad. The app is best for those who like figuring out their own way around town, and with each new update comes new info on current routes and even new cities.
2) Viber (Free: iOS | Android | Blackberry | Windows Phone 7)
Since living overseas this app has been a God Send! Skype is handy when you have time to take an hour and sit in front of the computer and talk to a loved one… But I still find it a lot of effort. An alternative to Skype is Viber which will allow you to make free calls and texts if you both have accounts in the app. So missing someone back home or want to tell them you arrived safely? Just call as if you are calling another mobile. It’s super easy. Make sure you have good reception though as sometimes the line can be bad…
3) Google Translate (Free: iOS | Android)
If you one of those annoying people who can speak 5 languages, good on you. For the rest of us, foreign languages can be a huge frustration when traveling to international locations. We might be able to get past with what we remember for school – Bonjour, Ciao or ‘DAS IST MEIN HAMBURGER!’… But you slowly realize that aint gonna cut it! The Google Translate app will help you figure out simple phrases or words for 64 languages, and even type them out in foreign characters so you can show locals what you’re talking about. What if you’re on your laptop in your hotel room and searching for restaurants but it’s all in Spanish? No fear, Google Translate will automatically appear and change the language for you… but I sometimes find it a bit clunky. Businesses are slowly catching onto this new brand called Smartling that works with the website to build it in the 162 languages (or whatever is needed), so when you view the page it is perfectly clear and understandable – GENIUS !
4) Currency Converter (Free: iOS)
The currency converter app is great for figuring out whether you’re getting a good deal on purchases abroad, or if you’re curious what the item would cost if it were sold back home. The app with give you real time exchange rates with more than 180 currencies. It will also allow you to add interest rate or international fees.
5) TravelSafe Pro (Free: iOS)
A potentially life-saving database of emergency service numbers for just about every country you’d ever care to visit, plus plenty for those that you wouldn’t. There’s also embassy details should passports go missing and – for the truly paranoid – the option to pin certain services to your home screen as widgets, for one-touch access to police, ambulances and fire engines.
Spicedfox x x